While the globe may already be convinced the men’s sprint titles at the IAAF World Championships
of Athletics (WCA) here can only be won by one of two athletes, other competitors are unwilling to concede defeat and some may even be quietly fuming over what they perceive as disrespect for their abilities.
Following the first two rounds of the 100 metres on yesterday’s WCA opening day, several sprinters admitted that they were not being given much chance to win the event as nearly all the buzz was centred on Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the world-record holder, and reigning World champion Tyson Gay of the United States.
"It doesn’t affect me, but it affects everybody else. They always have it as a two-man match-up," St Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins, the 2003 WCA champion in the 100 metres, said of the Bolt-Gay hype.
"It’s like 96 of us came here. So for them to do that, it’s a little bit disrespectful to most people. But me, it doesn’t matter."…Read More